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2015 OPPONENTS 701

We've made it past the halfway mark. This is going way too fast.

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It's always good to be able to quickly review how opponents past and present are performing, which can obviously have quite an effect on OSU in the polls.

The title will be indicative of the week...week 1 is Opponents 101. Week 2 will be Opponents 201, and so on. Got it?

Unless otherwise noted, all games are on Saturday. Without further delay, here's the list for 2015:

Central Michigan Chippewas

Record: 3-4 (MAC West, 2-1)

Last Game: vs Buffalo

Result: W, 51-14

Next Opponent: @ Ball State

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

CMU got back on the winning track with a blowout of Buffalo. They're on the road, but it's against a struggling Ball State squad that comes in 2-5 on the season.

Central Arkansas Bears (FCS)

Record: 3-3 (Southland, 3-1)

Last Game: vs McNeese State

Result: L, 28-14

Next Opponent: @ Lamar

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

The Bears winning streak was brought to an end by undefeated McNeese State. Next up, one of Baylor's victims...Lamar, who comes in also at 3-3, 2-2 in conference play.

UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) Roadrunners

Record: 1-6 (Conf USA - West, 1-2)

Last Game: @ Southern Mississippi

Result: L, 32-10

Next Opponent: Bye

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

UTSA took another one on the chin from a decent looking Todd Monken squad. The bye week is much needed.

Texas Longhorns

Record: 2-4 (Big 12, 1-2)

Last Game: Bye

Result: NA

Next Opponent: vs Kansas State

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

So they got some rest, and now will face a Bill Snyder team that just suffered it's worst home loss in a VERY long time at the hands of OU. I'll bet they show up in Austin much better organized, much to the chagrin of the Longhorns.

Kansas State Wildcats

Record: 3-3 (Big 12, 0-3)

Last Game: vs #19 Oklahoma

Result: L, 55-0

Next Opponent: @ Texas

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

It's been a long time since the Wildcats got spanked like that at home, and even longer since they've been 0-3 in conference play. After facing three ranked teams, now they travel to Austin to face a rested and somewhat rejuvenated Texas squad.

West Virginia Mountaineers

Record: 3-3 (Big 12, 0-3)

Last Game: @ #2 Baylor

Result: L, 62-38

Next Opponent: Bye

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

Not sure if you're the best 0-3 team in the conference, but you're definitely the 0-3 team most in need of a bye. I'll bet Kansas State would trade you in a heartbeat.

Kansas Jayhawks

Record: 0-6 (Big 12, 0-3)

Last Game: vs Texas Tech

Result: L, 30-20

Next Opponent: @ #19 Oklahoma State

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

You had OSU on the ropes last season, and then for the first time the whole game you kicked to Tyreek Hill, and poof went the potential win. You had the ball and a chance for the win against Tech, then a pick 6 sucked the air out of that upset balloon. You'll have two consecutive chances when you close the season at home against WVU and KState, but between now and then you've got no shot.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Record: 5-2 (Big 12, 2-2)

Last Game: @ Kansas

Result: W, 30-20

Next Opponent: @ #17 Oklahoma

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

You got the win, just barely, but they don't ask how. Now things toughen up, with two consecutive games against ranked opponents.

TCU Horned Frogs

Record: 7-0 (Big 12, 4-0)

Last Game: @ Iowa State

Result: W, 45-21

Next Opponent: Bye

National Ranking: 4

Comments:

The rankings continue to be unkind to the Frogs, who just keep winning. Not sure how much the bye week will help, as so many injuries were season-ending, but it almost never hurts (no pun intended).

Iowa State Cyclones

Record: 2-4 (Big 12, 1-2)

Last Game: vs #3 TCU

Result: L, 45-21

Next Opponent: @ #2 Baylor

National Ranking: NR

Comments:

You're gonna be sore after your next game. Make sure you use protection.

Baylor Bears

Result: 6-0 (Big 12, 3-0)

Last Game: vs West Virginia

Result: W, 62-38

Next Opponent: vs Iowa State

National Ranking: 2

Comments:

You faced a decent, although banged up, defense, unfortunately their offense couldn't help them enough to accomplish much. The points barrage should continue this week.


Oklahoma Sooners

Record: 5-1 (Big 12, 2-1)

Last Game: @ Kansas State

Result: W, 55-0

Next Opponent:  vs Texas Tech

National Ranking: 17

Comments:

Nice recovery. Now let's see if you can put two consecutive good performances together. Win out from here and you're the Big 12 champs.

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